Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Principles

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam):
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):
Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

Utilize methods and medicinal substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.

Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms, 

 Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.

Doctor as Teacher (Docere):
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person:
Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.

Prevention:
Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity, and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Source: https://naturopathic.org

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern, traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

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